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Dated Wooden Windows | A Maintenance Guide For Homeowners

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Even though wooden windows have been replaced by more modern styles in a lot of homes, older wooden windows can still be found in many houses across the country. If you happen to live in a home which houses these wooden-framed home fixtures, it is important that you do know how to properly care for them. Old wooden windows are notorious for becoming non-functional or damaged. There are a few maintenance tips you should use to ensure your dated wooden windows stay as functional as possible until you can afford to make upgrades or replacements.

Clean wooden frames with a mild cleaning solution. 

Keeping the window frames clean will help prevent gunk and buildup from accumulating on the wooden surfaces. This will not only help the windows to look cleaner, but it will help prevent problems with movement as well. Use only a gentle cleaning solution, such as mild dish soap and warm water, to wash down the windows with a soft sponge. Make sure you do not use an excessive amount of water by wringing the sponge out until it is just damp. Excess water will seep into the wood and cause swelling or mold and mildew development.

Thoroughly examine the wooden window frames for cracks and fissures. 

Even tiny cracks in a wooden window frame can be a really big deal, and unfortunately, cracks and fissures are a common problem with older wooden windows. It is a good idea to consistently look over your window frames for any signs of cracks and fissures. If you spot any at all, get yourself a tube of wood putty from the hardware store and fill those cracks in right away. This is a simple process and the end result is you will have a more durable and sturdy window frame once the application is dried.

Lubricate moving parts regularly. 

Wooden windows are probably the most prone to sticking because of changes in the shape and density of the wood with fluctuating temperature and humidity levels. For this reason, it is important to keep all moving parts of your wooden windows lubricated so they can move easily. If you have metal glides on either side of the window, lubricate them with a good spray lubricant like WD-40. If your old wooden windows have a rope-and-pulley opening function, you can lubricate the ropes with warmed paraffin wax to encourage smoother movement during opening and closing.


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